This week, Dan Hipp incorporates monsters, Terry Moore talks digital, Jamie McKelvie goes to mutant school, Chrissie Zullo makes a grown man squeal, BKV talks SAGA, Becky Cloonan goes retro, Dave Johnson brings the funny, Joe Keatinge talks superheroes, Dustin Nguyen likes red and Rafael Albuqurque draws the Apocalypse.
- Dan Hipp kicks us off as always with this tribute to Monsters Inc.:
- Terry Moore posted a great conversation on Twitter about digital distribution:
The canary in the mine for books is music sales. Digital sales topped physical for 1st time in 2011. http://tinyurl.com/6vbfb3b BUT…
Analysts say digital sales is NOT where music is headed, but instead to streaming access. New generatino doesn’t care about owning, just access.
Notice that music digital sales are driven by the youth market, hence who’s on top, like Lady Gaga & Adele. Comics needs youth to survive digital.
So, like music, digital book unit sales will someday give way to flat fee access to a lot. This means a giant is needed to hub the books.
@polianarchy Like public libraries? —Talking about how to sell stories in the first release. Libraries may go from book buy to access fee.
Whether unit sales or streaming access, the income stream for writers needs definition. We need a breakthru artist to show how.
Books have 1 BIG advantage over music: we are lossless digital files. We look better on the devices than in print. We need to trumpet that.
Comics can look beautiful on devices yet still be too lo-res to print. That is ideal, & inherent to our medium. Digital is perfect for us.
This is all good for the reader on the go, but nothing compares to the physical. Digital vs print is like porn vs a real lover.
- Jamie McKelvie previews X-Men Year One:
- Chrissie Zullo posted a bunch more commissions, including this Rose Red, owned by yours truly:
- Brian K Vaughan talks SAGA with USA Today:
After creating the acclaimed comic-book series Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina in the 2000s, the scribe shifted his focus to film and TV, joining the hit TV series Lost for three seasons. With Saga, an Image Comics series making its debut in March, he's returning to the industry where he first made his mark.
"Comics are in my blood. I've been dying to get back to it," Vaughan says.
Admittedly a "big Star Wars nerd," Vaughan has channeled his inner George Lucas to create a sci-fi/fantasy epic. It follows two soldiers — a ram-horned man named Marko and a winged female warrior named Alana — from different sides of an intergalactic war who fall in love and decide to have a baby.
That's when the real adventure begins, as the new family is pursued by everyone in the universe, Vaughan says. "You'll get a nice mixture of some bounty hunters, monsters and all sorts of lovely threats."
That's all he's saying for now because he wants to keep some surprises for the fans who have been clamoring for a comic from him for four years.
"I just miss the days from when I was a kid where you could pick up a No. 1 comic and it's not a reboot or a relaunch or something," says Vaughan. "It was just wall-to-wall new."
- Becky Cloonan posted a veritable feast of new art, including this collaboration with Mike Moses and a tribute to the old atari game 'Adventure':
- Dave Johnson posted this funny on his DeviantArt page:
- Joe Keatinge talks about the difference between the superheroes at Marvel and DC and the heroes at Image comics:
When I was a kid I never thought about comics the way I do now.
Yes, they’re equally on my mind as they were then in terms of consistency. Comics took up the vast majority of my thought processes. They still do. However, how I absorbed and understood them has changed so dramatically. A lot of that is age. Some of it is circumstance.
Like a lot of people, I came up loving superhero comics. Like a lot of kids, my ability to purchase them was entirely due to the allowance and rides to the comic shop afforded to me by my parents. I was usually only able to buy a comic or two at a time. I was never there on a weekly basis. My consumption until I was old enough to earn my own money or haul myself around was very limited for a good chunk of my life. So, I bought whatever superhero comics I could. I just looked at the others.
The experience was vastly different.
- Dustin Nguyen threw up this beauty:
- Rafael Albuqurque posted this on the What Not blog: